Regarding the Nov. 22 Point of View “ Transit in the Triangle”: Daniel Rodriguez is absolutely correct that well-located transit can be a powerful force in shaping the future form of our urban areas. However, the mere presence of transit does not guarantee the formation of the dynamic and sustainable places he foresees.
To increase the likelihood that this development occurs, property owners, developers, local communities and other stakeholders must be involved with a goal of developing equitable strategies to capture the increases in property value created through public investment. Rather than just hoping that something good will happen, public capture of some of the value added at transit stops and other key locations can offset the capital costs of building the system.
This is a well-proven approach that can work in the Triangle as it has elsewhere.
Richard G. Little, Pinehurst